Disabled snowsport programs
Physical or visual disadvantages don't need to hinder your participation in cross country skiing and other winter sports. Disabled Winter Sport (DWA) assists thousands of individuals with disabilities to participate in winter sports annually. Using sit-skis or guides are just some of the ways that disabled snowsports activities can be enabled. Check out the DWA website for information on how to access supported xc skiing in Australia.
Cross country skiing first appeared at the 1976 Winter Paralympic Games in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden. The competition is open to athletes with a physical impairment or blindness/visual impairment. Athletes compete over distances ranging from 2.5km to 20km using classical or free techniques. Biathlon is also an event at the Paralympics. Australian teams are managed by the Australian Paralympic Committee.
Over the years Australia has had two XC paralympians. James Millar is featured below skiing at the 2010 Winter Paralympics in Vancouver.